Master Media and Global Communication (MGC)

University of Helsinki

Application deadline: January 29
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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Why Media and Global Communications at UH?
  • A cutting-edge programme that prepares you for a wide range of media careers

The Media and Global Communications Master's Programme gives students an in-depth understanding of the big issues in today's media landscape. You will develop an advanced knowledge of the latest developments and emerging trends, and will analyse their impact on the political, economic, social and cultural spheres.

The programme will equip you with the practical skills to carry out your own empirical research, as well as teach you the approaches and methods you will need to analyse and make sense of the fast-changing media environment.

Whether you plan to progress to PhD research, or if you are looking to work in communications, media or journalism in the commercial or non-profit sector, this programme will give you a thorough grounding in the skills and knowledge you need for your chosen career.

  • Expert teaching staff

Our course tutors have diverse and international expertise, with a wide range of specialisms across the media sector. Their teaching is complemented by an engaging series of guest lectures, given by renowned visiting staff from leading media institutions and universities around the world.

  • A truly international study environment

Taught in English, the programme attracts students from around the globe, with a rich array of academic and professional backgrounds. Your time at Helsinki University will allow you to form a network of worldwide contacts that will continue to be a valuable resource as you progress through your future working life.

Faculty of Social Sciences

The Master's Degree Programme in Media and Global Communication is offered by the Discipline of Media and Communication Studies at the Department of Social Research which is one of the two departments at the Faculty of Social Sciences.


The master's degree programme in Media and Global Communication is a full-time, two-year programme. The programme fulfils the requirements of a 120 ECTS (European Transfer Credit System) master's degree in social sciences at the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Please see the bottom of the page for a link to the full version of the degree requirements 2014-2016.

Advanced Studies 93-95 ECTS

  • - MGC1 Introduction to Media and Global Communication, 5 ECTS, 770092
  • - MGC2 Global Media Industries and Structures, 5 ECTS, 7700701
  • - MGC3 Key Issues and Approaches in Media and Global Communication,

4 x 5 ECTS = 20 ECTS, 770073

Various courses will be offered every academic year underneath this unit. MGC students are expected to take at least four courses that are offered under this unit. The students are recommended to complete more MGC 3 courses as part of their elective studies.

  • - MGC4 Advanced Research Methods in Media and Communication Studies, 7 ECTS, 770244
  • - MGC5 Internship, 7 ECTS, 770075
  • - MGC6 Master’s Seminar I+ Personal Study Plan, 5 + 1=6 ECTS, 770098
  • - MGC6 Master’s Seminar II, 5 ECTS, 770099
  • - MGC7 Master's Thesis, 40 ECTS, 770077

Elective Studies 14 – 16 - 18 ECTS

The students are recommended to participate in other courses in English that are offered by the department of social research/ media and communication studies. They may also participate in courses offered by the faculty of social sciences and by other departments of the faculty, and in general, other courses offered in other faculties of the University of Helsinki.

Other Studies 9 - 11 ECTS

Orientation and Academic Writing are compulsory for all MGC students (Students who studied in the University of Helsinki earlier are exempt of the orientation course). The students who have completed their high school degree in Finland are also required to do the language courses (Swedish) that are required by the faculty.

Orientation and Personal Study Plan (2 ECTS): This unit is compulsory for students who have not studied in the University of Helsinki before. The aim of the unit is to get the students familiar with the education system at University of Helsinki. In the beginning of their studies, the students are required to do a personal study plan. The personal study plan is reviewed later during the master’s seminar.

Academic Writing (4 ECTS) : All MGC students are required to attend in the “Academic Writing for Media and Global Communication Master's Students” course where they learn how to write texts in a scientific style.

Introduction to Research Methods (5 ECTS) : This is a compulsory course for all MGC students. If the student has completed quantitative and qualitative research methodologies in his/her previous studies, then he/she may replace this course with another course. The course is offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences, and teaches students the basics of writing a research plan.

Complementary Studies 10 ECTS

Complementary courses may be required as extracurricular studies depending on the previous studies of the students.

  • Statistics (10 ECTS)


All applicants are required to have a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Media & Communication Studies (e.g. journalism, media and culture, media and society, media and communication systems, previous studies must include research methodology and media and/or communication theories). If the applicant has studied something else than media studies, in that case his/her transcript should include a minor degree in media and communication studies (minimum 60 ECTS credits) for a successful application.There are no exceptions to this requirement.

Previous professional experience is not considered as part of academic work and is not a part of the selection criteria. However, the applicants who fulfill all the academic requirements are advised to mention their related job experiences in their applications.

Our first and most important selection criteria is that the content, grades and the level of previous studies should compare to that of the studies offered at the Faculty of Social Sciences so that they enable the applicant to continue his/her studies directly for the Master's degree in the field s/he applies to.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
TOEFL iBT® test: 92

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